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MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet – Jeanie Bright

October 23, 2014

MickeyTravels is excited about our new initiative – The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet. We will feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a daily basis. We’re proud to have the best Disney Travel agents in the world as part of our MickeyTravels team and this will allow you to get to know them even better. Today the spotlight shines on Jeanie Bright from Ohio!

Name: Jeanie Bright

Where are you from? Hilliard, Ohio

First memory of Disney? As a small child camping near WDW. Then we moved to the Orlando area when I was a teenager and I spent many days at Walt Disney World!

What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? The Characters!! When I see Mickey I go nuts. I get his autograph and get my picture kissing Mickey! I love the interaction with all the princesses and face characters also. Talking to them about their stories is so much fun. It makes the experience!

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Favorite Disney destination and why? Walt Disney World; there is so much to see and do. We usually spend 10+ days and fill every day with magical memories! We have a goal to try to find something new to do each trip.

Favorite Disney Character and why? Mickey Mouse — I just love his personality! Several years ago at Garden Grill I was posing with him for a picture and he turned and wiggled his nose and kissed me and it just stole my heart. He has been my favorite ever since.

Favorite Disney Attraction and why? Finding Nemo the Musical. The puppetry by the cast is amazing. The singing and acting is unmatched. It is not only my favorite but a family favorite. This show gives me goosebumps every time I see it! When the cast interacts you can tell there is a true love for one another.

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Favorite Disney Resort and why? We love Pop Century. It holds a special place in our hearts. We like the value and really like that it has its own bus line. And there’s nothing like seeing the giant character statues throughout the resort. Every stay is always a Hippy Dippy great time!

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why? Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Dining in Cinderella Castle is just amazing. Walking up the spiral staircase is so exciting and then you enter the royal dining area. You truly feel like a queen and king with this dining experience and you get a free photo! You can also request to sit by the window for an extraordinary view of the carousel!

Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why? Starring Rolls Cafe. The sandwiches are huge and delicious, and the chocolate peanut butter cupcake is out of this world!

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3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? Anna, Rapunzel and Mrs. Incredible. Who doesn’t think this would be an amazing conversation with these determined, focused, and optimistic women?

Favorite Disney snack and why? LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern. It is absolutely delicious and cools you off on a hot day.

Favorite Disney Movie and why? Monsters, Inc. The relationship between Sully and Boo is so touching to watch as it blossoms during the movie. I also love the relationship between Mike and Sully.

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3 Favorite Disney Songs and why?

When You Wish Upon a Star – You are never too old to wish upon a star.

In the Big Blue World – I adore the Finding Nemo the Musical soundtrack. Every time I hear this song in particular I see the stage and all the beautiful puppets and props.

Spectromagic Parade Song – We listen to this often and relive the memories of our all time favorite Disney parade.

Disney character you’re most similar to and why? Tinkerbell; I have taken multiple personality quizzes and this is who I get, LOL. I am adventurous, loving and loyal.

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If you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why? Minnie Mouse; it would be so much fun being the “First Lady of WDW.”

If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why? To be a Disney Princess. I would absolutely adore seeing all the little girls dressed up in their princess dresses and watching their eyes light up when they see the princess in “real life” — awwww heartwarming!!

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Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? It is so wonderful helping others plan their Disney vacations with as much passion as I would plan my own. It is fulfilling to hear how magical their experience was and that is how I know my job was well done!!

Why should I book my vacation with you? I absolutely LOVE what I do! Whether you are interested in the Disney Cruise or the parks, are traveling with all adults, infants or toddlers to teens I want to customize a vacation to meet your family’s every need!

Feel free to reach out to Jamie with any questions or comments. Jeanie can be reached at jeanie@mickeytravels.com or 1-614-805-0275. She can also be found on our website at http://mickeytravels.com/jeanie.

 

 

MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet – Lynn Blevens

October 21, 2014

MickeyTravels is excited about our new initiative – The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet. We will feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a daily basis. We’re proud to have the best Disney Travel agents in the world as part of our MickeyTravels team and this will allow you to get to know them even better. Today the spotlight shines on Lynn Blevens from Washington!

Disney Virtual Meet & GreetName: Lynn Blevens

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Oregon but I moved to Washington six years ago when I got married. My husband and I now live just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. We are in Vancouver, Washington with the boy with just adopted and our two little dogs.

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First memory of Disney?  As a young child, my family and I would sit down in front of the TV on Sunday nights waiting for Walt Disney to appear and introduce that night’s magical show. It was truly something to look forward to and helped me feel I was part of the Disney family no matter where I was.

Disney Travel AgentWhat makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes?  I have always believed that the magic of Disney began with Walt and that his message, “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” was a way to live. He created a world where it was not only accepted but encouraged to view the world as a child with a child’s wonder and joy. The world through the eyes of children is nothing less than magical and who doesn’t love to be able to live with moments of that kind of wonder and enjoyment!

Disney Travel AgentFavorite Disney destination and why?  How can I pick one destination?! I absolutely love the Disney parks with a new appreciation for Disney’s California Adventure. I find joy and happiness every time I visit. I have also traveled the world, however, just as one does on an Adventure by Disney. My time in the counties of Vietnam and China, along with other locales,has been some of the most memorable I have ever had.

Disney Travel AgentFavorite Disney Character and why?  I have long had a deep love of all things Pooh. As an educator, I so appreciated the fact that the inhabitants of 100 Acre Wood live a life without violence; I always believed they had plenty to teach children. I must also admit that there is now part of me that loves to laugh at the “sas” of Disney Pixar’s Mrs. Potato Head when she “puts on angry eyes” and shows just how she’s feeling with one little look.

Disney Travel AgentFavorite Disney Attraction and why?  For someone who loves children and culture, is it any question that my first love has always been “It’s a Small World”? And I don’t mind dragging anyone who is with me on the ride at least once a trip – no matter how long the song stays with us afterwards! On our most recent trip, I did find myself returning to Toy Story Midway Mania to better my score, however!

resortFavorite Disney Resort and why?  With Disney there are so many choices and resorts are no exception – there are so many great locations! If I have to pick I guess I’d say… I love the look and feel of the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland. It is warm, rustic, inviting, and at the back door of Californian Adventure. Now that’s a great bonus!

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why?

restaurantForgive me but I’ve got to pick two. They are completely opposite one another and I just could not choose.

California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: The food and service are fabulous, the view is amazing, and the evening is topped off with a view of fireworks from the Magic Kingdom (at least). It is a memorable evening and well worth a visit!

resortHoop Dee Doo Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground: Here you eat all things bar-b-que but you are also in for an evening of entertainment. On our visit a performer asked where we were from and then announced to the entire restaurant that we’d traveled from Washington. The responding performer shouted out, “All the way from Washingtun…Kick up your heels and have some fun!” We felt we were “somethin’ purty special” after that!

restaurantFavorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why?  On our most recent trip to Disney World, we had lunch at “Be Our Guest.” Not only did the restaurant have three magical dining rooms, each with their own flair, the food was truly delicious. This is a great place to have a true Disney “experience” while enjoying a very tasty meal.

Disney Travel Agent3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why?  I have never laughed at a character as hard as I did upon meeting Gaston! I love to laugh and think an evening in his presence would be memorable! I’d also want to include Alice – her message is charming, clever, and quick. We might have to add Mary Poppins to the group; she would keep Gaston in his place. It makes me chuckle just to think of the three of them together around the table. What a fun meal!

snackFavorite Disney snack and why?  The Dole Whip found at the Tiki Juice Bar outside the Enchanted Tiki Room… What’s not to love?!

Disney Travel AgentFavorite Disney Movie and why?  As a girl, I loved the movie Jungle Book. I’m not actually sure what the draw was except that I loved the music. I can still remember when my parents bought me the Jungle Book album (the precursor to the CD for those of you who are too young to know J). It was just so fun! And I’ve kept it all these years!

3 Favorite Disney Song and why?  How can you like Jungle Book and not love “The Bear Necessities”?! Then there’s “It’s a Small World” even if you can’t get the song out of your head all day. And finally, “Hakuna Matada.” Yet another catchy tune. Which one are you singing now?

Disney Travel AgentDisney character you’re most similar to and why?  I have to say, I think there’s a little of Merida from Brave in me (although the similarities are obviously not at all physical). I have never been a “princess” and the description of Merida as an, “…outgoing, forceful, headstrong and willful personality” with a “softness of heart.” rings a bit true with me.

characterIf you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why?  Well, today I’d like to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland (this might change tomorrow). She is clever and fun and not too “stuffy.” Besides, she makes people chuckle and gets to tell people that, “You can celebrate your un-birthday every day except when it’s your real birthday and then you can celebrate your birthday. But on your un-birthday you can have un-birthday tea and un-birthday cake and un-birthday candles. You can always have something to celebrate when you celebrate your un-birthday!” How fun!

theme parkIf you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why?  There is no doubt that my job at Disney would have to be one where there is talking! Customer relations would be perfect but during our last visit we participated in the “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” experience. It was so fun to learn about the experience from the Main Street Firehouse cast members and return to talk to them again each day. I would enjoy sharing this fairly new experience with others. Besides, the Firehouse is right there at the parade entrance/exit. An added bonus.

theme parkBest part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent?  The idea of helping others realize their Disney dreams is not only exciting but incredibly rewarding! Who wouldn’t love being an instrument in helping others find joy and happiness and create their own memories for a lifetime!

theme parkWhy should I book my vacation with you?  I want to know what YOU, your family, and your friends enjoy and what you want to have happen on YOUR vacation. I want to help create the vacation experience you are dreaming of, one that will be filled with outstanding memories. What happens to you on your Disney vacation is important to me – I plan your vacation as though I am planning one for my loved ones, friends and myself. I have a love of Disney and strong organizational and planning skills. You can focus on the fun to come while I do as little or as much as you’d like in the planning of that fun!

Feel free to reach out to Lynn with any questions or comments. Lynn can be reached at lblevens@mickeytravels.com or 1-866-667-8383 (direct) or 503-701-2904 (cell). She can also be found on our website at www.mickeytravels.com/lblevens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet – Jamie Farber

October 20, 2014

MickeyTravels is excited about our new initiative – The MickeyTravels Agent Virtual Meet & Greet. We will feature a different MickeyTravels agent on a daily basis. We’re proud to have the best Disney Travel agents in the world as part of our MickeyTravels team and this will allow you to get to know them even better. Today the spotlight shines on Jamie Farber from Michigan!

Name: Jamie Farber

Where are you from? Grand Rapids, Michigan (on the west side of the state)

First memory of Disney? I’ve been told many times the first time my Mom felt me move was at Walt Disney World, but I guess that’s not something I remember so it really doesn’t count. My first real memory is watching the Main Street Electrical Parade with my extended family when I was about eight. My grandmother was normally a very calm, cool person, but as each float passed by, she’d get more animated, pointing out the characters and lights, which has remained with me because it was so out of character for her and was my first inkling that Disney was truly a magical place.

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What makes Disney MAGICAL in your eyes? It’s not just one thing and I don’t know that it’s anything tangible. Disney’s magic, in my eyes, comes from the cast members who work there, the attention to detail in each and every experience and the ability of the Disney brand to transport you to a different time and place. To me, Disney’s magic is something you can’t fully explain until you experience it — and once you do, you’re hooked!

Favorite Disney destination and why? This one is really hard. I love all the Disney destinations for different reasons. Disney Cruise Line is fabulous to me because it allows me to spend time with my boys, but also have some adult time and some alone time. Disney’s Hilton Head Resort is a hidden gem, in my mind, and one of our favorite places to kick back and enjoy being a family in a beautiful location. If I had to choose one though, it would have to be Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The first time I see the castle each trip, I usually tear up because I know I’m home. It’s a feeling of joy, excitement and anticipation. It’s also a place where I feel free to indulge in my inner child. No one looks at you funny when you dance to the music, sing along with a parade or wear a silly hat. It’s nice to be able to let loose, remember past trips and enjoy the current one with my family.

Favorite Disney Character and why? Since I was young, I’ve always been convinced I was a Disney princess, so my favorite character is a princess. I’ve always been drawn to Cinderella and she’s definitely my favorite character. I know there is a lot of criticism of Cinderella and the older princesses that they wait for a man to rescue them, but I’ve never believed that. I love what Walt Disney once said about Cinderella, pointing out that she believed in dreams and in doing something about them. He pointed out that she went to the castle to get Prince Charming instead of waiting for him to come to her. I also think I relate to Cinderella so much because I believe in happy endings and dreams. There is a lot of bad in the world, but I choose to focus on the positive and believe that as long as I keep on dreaming, the dreams that I wish will come true.

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Favorite Disney Attraction and why? It’s so hard to choose just one! I think I’d have to go with Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom. The show is just incredible with great singing and dancing and I LOVE the Lion King music, so that makes it even better. To me, it’s one of the can’t miss experiences when you visit Walt Disney World.

Favorite Disney Resort and why? This one could go any number of ways, but I think ultimately, Port Orleans Riverside is my favorite resort. I love the laid back atmosphere, the main pool area and the boat to Downtown Disney. My favorite thing about Port Orleans Riverside though is the grounds. I’ve always had a small obsession with the South and Riverside transports me there. The trees and river combine to take me to another place and force me to relax. It’s a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the parks — and the moderate price point is a great selling point as well!

Favorite Disney Restaurant and why? Another difficult choice. I think I would have to go with breakfast at Crystal Palace. It’s a combination of experience and food that puts it over the top. I love Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore and the food is really good too. My very favorite item on the breakfast buffet is the puffed French toast, which actually can be found on the kid’s buffet. It’s fabulous and reminds me of an elephant ear from the fair! The other factor that makes the Crystal Palace breakfast my favorite is timing. I like to schedule our breakfast for very early, before the park opens. That way, we are able to get into the park before the crowds are large for pictures, then we hit the buffet and head out to start our day!

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Favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurant and why? Sunshine Seasons in Epcot is my favorite because of all the options. I love that you can choose from a variety of different cuisines that will make everyone in your party happy.

3 Disney characters you’d like to have dinner with and why? Cinderella because she’s my favorite, Mickey Mouse because he’s such an icon and has been around since the beginning, so there would be lots of great stories and Anna from Frozen because she seems like a lot of fun and is very relatable.

Favorite Disney snack and why? The Butterfinger cupcake at Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios. I love cake and frosting is, to me, the best part of any cake product. There is so much frosting on the Butterfinger cupcake, along with Butterfinger crumbles, and it all is SO good. It’s a must have for me on every trip.

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Favorite Disney Movie and why? The Lion King is my favorite movie. I adore the story, the music and the message. No matter how many times I see it, the beginning still gives me chills and brings me to tears.

3 Favorite Disney Song and why? “Circle of Life” because it’s so powerful and true. I often find wisdom in Disney movies and songs and that is one of my very favorites. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is one of my top three because it speaks to how I try and view life everyday and offers me a reminder that we need to keep believing in magic. “Let It Go” is my third favorite because it helps me remember that there are always going to be things holding us back, but we need to let them go and be who we really are, no matter what other people might think.

Disney character you’re most similar to and why? I would go with Anna from Frozen on this one. Her love of family is something I can relate to very strongly and her tendency to babble when nervous is a trait I also possess — and her love of chocolate and wanting to stuff it in her face when she’s nervous is also very much like me.

If you could be one Disney mascot for a day who would it be and why? I’d love to be Mickey Mouse because everyone wants to see him and you’d get to interact with people of all ages. I also think Mickey is someone that makes everyone happy and it would be great to view the world through his eyes for a day.

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If you could work at one of the Disney theme parks, what job would you want and why? It sounds funny, but I would love to work in Guest Services at Walt Disney World. Normally, people head there when something has gone wrong with their trip and they are in need of some magic. When I’ve been in Guest Services, I’ve normally witnessed frazzled, hot, frustrated people and the Guest Services Cast Members are able to turn things around, usually fairly quickly. I’d love to be able to spread that kind of pixie dust and help people get their vacations back on track.

Best part about being a MickeyTravels Disney Travel Agent? Far and away, the best part of my job is getting to know new people and helping them plan a magical trip for their family. It sounds trite, but it’s really what I enjoy most. Each family is different with wants and needs that are unique to their circumstances. I love getting to plan trips that work for those families and finding ways to make each trip special and memorable for everyone.

Why should I book my vacation with you? You should book your vacation with me because I promise to treat it as if it is my own. Each family I work with will get my personal attention and expertise — along with my dedication to your trip. I want to create magical memories for each and every family that books a trip with me. I also want to make sure you head to Disney feeling fully prepared for the theme parks and any other aspects of your trip. I will take the stress out of planning your trip so you can enjoy and magical vacation with your family. Sit back, relax and let me sprinkle your vacation with my own brand of pixie dust!

Feel free to reach out to Jamie with any questions or comments. Jamie can be reached at jamie@mickeytravels.com or 1-616-646-7082. She can also be found on our website at http://mickeytravels.com/jamie



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